After years of sniffing fragrances, you finally find your dream scent (yesss). Now, here’s how to make it last all day.

By Real Simple
Updated November 09, 2017

Finding a signature scent—one that you absolutely love—can take years. But that’s only half of the battle. Once you fall in love with a fragrance, the trick is making it last (without dousing yourself in half of the bottle or reapplying it throughout the day). So we tapped two perfume experts for easy tips on extending the life of your perfume. Turns out, there are simple things you can do to prevent your scent from fading come lunchtime so you smell amazing all day long. So grab your favorite bottle and spritz it on these four key spots...

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Pulse Points

“Fragrance oils blossom when they are warm,” explains Erika Shumate, cofounder of Pinrose, “which is why we apply fragrance to warmer spots on the body.” Patti Kapla, fragrance expert at, agrees: “Concentrate on the wrists, inside the elbows, the nape of the neck, even the creases behind your knees. The perfume will react with your body temperature and emit scent throughout the day.”

Moisturized Skin

“Fragrance lasts longer when skin is hydrated, so put it on after you shower or layer it over unscented lotion or oil,” recommends Shumate.


“Spray it onto a brush before running it through your hair. Spraying it onto hair directly can dry hair out,” says Kapla.


“Line your drawers with scent strips from magazines or spray tissue paper,” suggests Kapla. Or spritz a cotton ball and throw it into your drawer.